Have you noticed that there's a lot more negativity at work lately? Less patience, more competition, maybe longer hours that lead to short tempers and frayed nerves? For the second year in a row, about two-thirds, or 65 percent of Americans say that civility is a major problem, and it's extending to all areas... Read More »
If you have a family and a job, chances are there is some degree of conflict between the two. So which is more responsible for the friction, the job or the family? Most Americans blame their job first, family second and themselves last, according to a recent study.
The study, conducted by Elizabeth M.... Read More »
The economy and society may have changed so much and so fast in the past 50 years that they're hard to recognize. However, what bosses want in their employees has remained the same, according to Karin Helgesson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who wrote a doctoral thesis on the evolution of... Read More »
Being friends with supportive co-workers can not only make your job more enjoyable, it might help you live longer. A new study by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel and published by the American Psychological Association, says that "people who have a good peer support system at work may live longer... Read More »
It seems that a number of us are not carrying our mothers' advice to "play well with others" from the school yard into the workplace. A recent study revealed that managers say they spend, on average, 18 percent of their time, which comes out to more than seven hours a week or nine weeks per year --... Read More »
If you believe that "great minds think alike," and you lean toward working with people who are similar to you, you just might want revisit that conviction. Even if you're naturally drawn to people who are like you, you'll probably be more productive if you work with people who have ideas and work styles that... Read More »
If you get the feeling your manager is not your biggest fan, it could be because you don't play well with others. In a recent survey, managers said they waste, on average, 18 percent of their time intervening in employee disputes. When you break it down, that comes out to be more than seven hours a week or... Read More »
While most state employees are facing layoffs and reduced benefits, seven New York government workers have just come into millions -- but not because of the generosity of their employer. The technology workers in the state's Homes and Community Renewal agency in Albany pooled their resources to buy several... Read More »
If it seems to you that only those who are cocky and arrogant to get ahead, take heart! According to new performance review-based study from Baylor University, the more honesty and humility an employee may have, the higher their job performance will be rated.
But that's according to supervisor assessments,... Read More »
Don't even think about trying to get 100 percent of your co-workers on board with you on any given project. It is virtually impossible for everyone to cooperate, according to a recent Spanish study. Read More »
People skills and relationship-building are key to success
Each company looks for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business it's in. Yet it's no longer enough to be a functional expert. To complement these unique core competencies, there are certain "soft skills" every company looks for in a potential hire.
"Soft skills" refer to a cluster of... Read More »